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It’s the time of year when we announce all of our well-intentioned resolutions toward lifestyle changes like quitting drinking, exercising every day or getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
But no matter what your health goals for 2024 are, it doesn’t have to mean doing all or nothing. Taking smaller steps and incorporating good habits into your daily routine can still benefit your overall health while making them easier to maintain over the long haul.
Below, we’ve listed some simple ways you can improve your wellbeing in the new year, along with products from CVS to help you along every step of the way. From giving your immune system a much-needed vitamin C boost to adding healthy, well-balanced snacks to your diet, CVS has everything you need to support your wellness goals.
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7 Ways to Improve Your Health in 2024
Get Enough Zzz’s
There’s plenty of reasons you should make sleep a priority this year. Most adults don’t get the seven or more hours of shut eye we need per night. But a good night’s sleep is necessary for both your physical and mental health, including supporting your immune system, metabolism, brain function, heart and circulatory systems, and overall mood.
Try: Having trouble heading to the land of nod? A non habit-forming sleep aid like CVS Health Maximum Strength Nighttime Sleep Aid Softgels ($4.99,
$10.79 at CVS.com) can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly, so you wake up more refreshed.
You hear it all of the time and it’s true — drinking enough water is critical to your overall health. Staying hydrated helps support your body in pretty much every way, including your digestion, immune system and energy levels. So if you’ve been slacking on the H20 front, the start of a new year is a great time to set a thirst-quenching goal for yourself.
Try: Add a packet of Prime Hydration Blue Raspberry Sticks ($8.49,
$10.99 at CVS.com) to that glass of water to help combat dehydration and deliver electrolytes faster than water — a true savior after a tough workout or long day at the beach.
Protect Your Immune System
Catching a cold is an unfortunate but often-times unavoidable part of life. However, there are ways to protect our bodies and lessen the severity of cold symptoms, like ensuring your body has all of the nutrients it needs by eating well and taking additional vitamins and supplements when necessary.
Try: Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that supports the production and function of white blood cells, which in turn help protect the body from infection. If you’re not getting enough through your diet, supplements like AIRBORNE Immune Essentials Gummies ($19.99,
$26.99 at CVS.com) can help. These gummies deliver 400mg of vitamin C along with other herbs and minerals to give your immune system the boost it needs. Plus, they taste great!
How we treat our skin now has an effect on how it will age later on. So if you want to hang onto that youthful complexion, it’s important to stay consistent with using a moisturizer, protecting your skin from the sun, eating well and staying hydrated.
Try: Keep a solid moisturizer in your skincare arsenal, like Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion ($11.99,
$17.49 at CVS.com). With seven intensive moisturizers and three vitamins, use it daily to help improve the appearance of skin, protect against environmental stressors and prevent moisture loss.
Whether you want to lose a few pounds or get stronger, creating a consistent workout routine is an excellent way to stay fit and feel great. General guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week in order to keep your heart strong and your muscles active. Plus, it does wonders for your mood and energy levels! Try mixing up workouts every week or month in order to target different muscle groups and avoid getting bored or burnt out.
Try: Muscles feeling sore after that last workout class? Try a topical pain relief like Biofreeze Pain Roll-On ($11.99,
$17.49 at CVS.com). The cool feeling from menthol helps reduce soreness and aching in joints and muscles, while the roller helps you target small areas and leaves a green color on skin so you never miss a spot.
Eat a Balanced Diet
If one of your goals for the New Year is to eat smarter, try cooking at home more often instead of eating out. You’ll be more aware of the ingredients going into your food and you’ll also end up saving money. In addition, try to add more whole and high-fiber foods into your diet — meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. And if you do choose quick and easy packaged foods from the grocery store, check the label and try to buy those with the fewest ingredients.
Try: Instead of reaching for a snack bar or bag of chips, grab a handful of Gold Emblem Abound Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas ($2.49,
$5.49 at CVS.com), a good source of protein and a tasty, satisfying whole food snack on the go.
Feel Good About Your Gut
Gut health is having a moment, and for good reason. In recent years, people have begun to discover the complex connection between the GI system and overall health, including emotional stress, immunity and chronic illnesses. Eating fiber-rich and probiotic-packed foods is one of the best things you can do to improve your gut health naturally. But there are other things, like exercising regularly and limiting your alcohol intake, that also affect your gut’s good bacteria.
Try: A probiotic like Metamucil Fiber Gummies ($15.99,
$21.80 at CVS.com) or Digestive Advantage Daily Probiotic Gummies ($15.99, $20.79 at CVS.com) can also help nourish good bacteria and restore gut health, especially in people with specific health conditions.
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